i told the girls at work today that i liked making the little felt hearts so much i was going to sit in the easy chair and make nothing else for the rest of my days....
i even bought pieces of deep rich red, blackish/brown and forest green felt
and a whole bag of stuffing
colourful skeins of embroidery thread
so i could settle in by the winter's fire... and stitch hearts to my heart's content...
(insert sound of screeching brakes here)
but it isn't to be
the invitations for my annual sale are done and being hand-delivered as we speak
the date is set, less than three weeks hence
on our last vacation, i was inspired by the markets of france
of baskets and boxes filled with the loveliest of things
so when i sat down in the summer to sort out what i wanted this year's invitation to be
i came up with these
little collage post cards
torn papers, music, images of paris
stamps and paint smudges
and little hearts made of knotted strips of torn fabric
in the colours of france
i'm not usually much of one for themed events
but i thought if i was going to give it a go, paris is the best theme of all
i think i've made about 35 or so... and may need to conjure up a few more yet
a few people have commented on how much work i put into them
how many hours they must have taken
"and isn't that kind of crazy" they said
nope, not crazy at all
this is a special night to me
my one time each year i have my very own little store
a place of treasures and delights
of beautiful things
where people can browse and shop
and ooh and aah
and nibble on tasty treats
the kind of thing i would love to be invited to!
i spend a lot of time and effort making the things i make
lots of care and attention
doesn't it make perfect sense then, that i would give them the best send-off possible?
for me, the invitation sets the tone
makes the announcement
"you are special"
to both the people that come and the things i have created
yes, they take time
and yes they take money
but i wouldn't have it any other way
and in precisely three weeks i can finally settle in by the fire and begin my new life's work....
stitching those little felt hearts to my heart's content
if i can stay away awake that is!